Foster parenting is an opportunity to provide a much needed service to a child in your community. Through no fault of their own, these youth have come into state care due to abuse, neglect or abandonment from those who should have nurtured and protected them. 

Our highest priority is to match children with loving families who will provide a safe and supportive environment. Foster families come in all varieties, including single parent, same sex, blended and mixed race. Each year more than 23,000 youth turn 18 without ever having families to call their own. At Cornerstones of Care, our job is to find, prepare and support the right family — the right fit — for each child in the state’s care within the counties we serve.

Placement Preferences

When a child enters state custody, we work tirelessly to find a placement with a nurturing family. It’s in the best interest of the child to either safely reunify them with their family or find a relative/kinship placement with extended family or a familiar face, such as a coach or a teacher. Our priority is to keep siblings together whenever possible. We utilize Missouri's policy for placement preference when a child is removed from their home:

  1. Parent
  2. Grandparents
  3. Immediate Relatives
  4. Kin in the Community
  5. Foster Parent

Become a Foster Parent

There are many reasons why people become foster or adoptive parents — the desire to help children, wanting to give back to the community, etc. Whatever your reason may be, we offer various services to help you along the way.

  • Recruitment and Licensing  Working with each state's children's division, we provide families with the training and licensing Kansas and Missouri requires to become a foster parent. 
  • Treatment Foster Care — This is the highest level of care for youth who have experienced extreme trauma. Our team provides you with enhanced and individualized support to help the child placed with you heal.
  • Foster Care Case Management — We provide comprehensive foster care case management services to focus on reunifying the family in a safe environment. These services are automatic upon entering into foster care. 
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The SOUL Family Legal Permanency Option is a new legal permanency option designed by and for young people in foster care to reflect their vision of family and supportive adult networks. In partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Kansas has stepped up to be the first state in the nation to turn this innovative new permanency concept into a legal reality for young people.

Cornerstones of Care, Kansas Action for Children, and a network of statewide partners are collaborating to build the understanding, resources, services, and administrative and legal infrastructure needed to make SOUL Family a legal permanency option.

To learn more about the SOUL Family Legal Permanency Option, visit Children’s Alliance of Kansas.

Adoption Services

In Missouri, we offer adoption services through Wendy’s Wonderful Kids. This program provides dedicated adoption professionals who focus solely on finding homes for foster youth who might have more difficulty being placed. Many youth in this program are older, have special needs, or are part of a large sibling group. This program is funded through grants received from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

Learn More About Adoption